Beef Queso Dip (The Greatest Queso EVER)

Prepare yourselves. Beef Queso Dip (The Greatest Queso EVER, well that and may Queso Fundido) is happening and I am 100% not kidding when I tell you, you've been warned.

Beef Queso Dip (The Greatest Queso EVER) from (@whatsgabycookin)


I've been on a salsa kick for the better part of my 30 years, but recently it's been kicked into high gear because hello, I now have my own line of salsas!!! A chipotle salsa. A tomatillo salsa. And a guacamole starter to be exact. And I've been eating them daily. No joke. I have 2 dozen of each in the pantry and I can't get enough.

Obviously you can use them all as salsas, or throw them all with 3-4 avocados and mash it together for guacamole. OR you can start cooking with them like me. That's the beauty of these, they are so multi-use it's crazy. Plus no weird ingredients and they taste homemade #justsayin. Mostly recently I tossed some into this beef queso and I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that the queso had to be physically removed from in front of me. TWICE. Once at home, and once at the studio when we were shooting this beauty. I've never seen 4 people descend on a bowl of bubbly hot queso like this before. We were basically vultures and it looked as though we hadn't eaten in weeks. But there's an easy explanation for that and here's why....

This isn't just any queso. It's a mixture of cheeses, tons of savory salsa and the most epic seasoned ground beef known to man. When you combine all of that together and serve it with tortilla chips, there's really nothing quite like it. I PINKIE PROMISE that you'll be just as obsessed.

Beef Queso Dip (The Greatest Queso EVER) from (@whatsgabycookin)

Beef Queso Dip

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.8 from 14 votes
Prepare yourselves. Beef Queso Dip (The Greatest Queso EVER) is happening and I am 100% not kidding when I tell you, you’ve been warned.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Snack, Appetizer
Cuisine Tex Mex, Southwestern, Mexican
Servings 6 servings


For the Beef

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ yellow onion small dice
  • 2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth

For the Queso

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ medium onion small dice
  • 1 poblano pepper small dice
  • 3 jalapeños finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • ½ cup Gaby's tomatillo salsa links above if you want to order
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • cups milk plus more as needed
  • ½ pound Monterey Jack cheese grated
  • ½ pound Pepper Jack cheese grated
  • Pico de Gallo Guacamole, sour cream, chopped chives, chopped cilantro, and chips


For the Beef

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over high. Add the beef and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned on all sides for about 6–8 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, cook for 6–8 minutes, the last minute, add the garlic and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, cumin and chili powder and cook for 1 minute to toast the spices. Add the chicken stock and add beef back into the skillet. Bring to a simmer and cook until stock has completely evaporated, roughly 10 minutes. Remove from heat, taste and season with salt and pepper, leave it in the skillet and set aside.

For the Queso

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, poblano, jalapeños, and garlic, for 8–10 minutes until soft. Add the salsa and stir to combine. Stir in flour and cook until incorporated, about 1 minute. Whisk in milk and continue to cook until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, and add all the cheeses, stirring constantly, until cheese is completely melted and queso is smooth. If it seems too thick or gloopy, stir in a tablespoon of milk at a time until smooth.
  • Pour the hot queso over the skillet with the meat. Sprinkle with chives and cilantro and chopped tomatoes. Serve immediately with chips.


Swap out the types of peppers, leave the seeds in or out, you do you and make this your absolute favorite Queso ever!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1215IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 672mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Found this recipe today and ran out for ingredients right away. Don't forget to add the garlic to the peppers in the Cheese Sauce portion of the recipe. I heated up a big pile of corn tortilla chips at 250 for a few minutes. This was so freaking good!!!

  2. Hi! This looks amazing! Could you keep warm in a slow cooker after everything is made, to snack on over a few hours?

    1. you could try!! queso with real cheeses (not velveeta) is tough to keep for longer periods of time

  3. 5 stars
    I have made this for the past two years and I cannot tell you how many people RAVE about this dip!!! They gobble it up and practically lick the bowl. They even get the leftover chip crumbles and scoop it up with spoons. Gaby is NOT kidding when she says this is the "greatest queso ever." It IS the GREATEST QUESO EVARRRRR!!! Sometimes I don't have salsa, so I'll use just Cholula and I think people would vote to make me president. I love this recipe SO MUCH!! THANK YOU, GABY!!!!

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this. The flavors are OUTSTANDING! I noticed as it cooled off just a bit though, the texture became grainy. What did I do wrong?

  5. Are you kidding me ?!!!! I can NOT wait to eat this. Your creativity is inspiring ! Thank You I will have to do a quick switch, so my daughter can help me devour this. She's gluten free. But will do!!!

  6. Can this be made in advance and reheated to be just as good? Asking because I would like to make this to bring to a BBQ

4.79 from 14 votes (6 ratings without comment)

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